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Legislative rights for Irish speakers must not be stifled - Brolly

10 October, 2007


Commenting on media speculation that a backward move shall be made by Culture Minister Edwin Poots over the Irish Language Act, Sinn Féin Irish language spokesperson Francie Brolly has said that his party will continue to
focus on the attainment of legislative protection for Irish speakers.

He said,

"An Irish Language Act is required to secure Irish speakers rights at the heart of any legislation, to ensure adequate resources are provided to implement the Act to allow a proposed commissioner to have the power, staff and resources to oversee the Act.

"The Irish language is not the property of one section of our people. It belongs to everyone.

"The St Andrews Agreement states in Annex B that the British Government will introduce an Irish Language Act reflecting on the experience of Wales and Ireland and work with the incoming Executive to enhance and protect the development of the Irish language.

"The Irish speaking community demand that their rights are protected in legislation and Sinn Féin will continue to back this call." Críoch

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